President Carter didn’t experience a lot of popularity during his one term as president, especially after the Iran Hostage Crisis. However, since his presidency, Carter and his wife, Rosalyn, haven’t stopped working for human rights around the world.
In addition to more than thirty years hands-on involvement with Habitat for Humanity in the United States and Canada, the couple, who have been married since 1946, also work for peace and security in Africa and Latin America.
In 1982, the couple founded the Carter Center in Atlanta in partnership with Emory University where Carter began teaching after he left the White House. Their mission is “guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health,” says the center’s website.
Their initiatives include monitoring international elections, fighting third world diseases, and seeking international peace. The Center has observed 103 elections in 39 countries “to help establish and strengthen democracies.”
Another key accomplishment of the Carter Center is the near eradication of Guinea worm disease, from more than three million cases in 1986 to fewer than 200 today.
Since he left the White House, former President Carter received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999, the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He also continues to help with foreign affairs, meeting with different governments around the world, such as North Korea and Cuba.
Only two years ago, Carter announced that he had melanoma on his brain, and he would be beginning treatment. He said of his cancer that his recovery "is in the hands of the God who I worship." Four months later, in December 2016, he announced that his cancer was gone.